As if you didn’t have enough to worry about regarding your Houston home, recently there’s been an increase in venomous snake sightings. We’re not talking about your everyday pest here like rats, wasps, and raccoons – snakes are a different ball game altogether. We’ll share some good prevention tactics with you, and help you learn how to identify each snake. Chances are, you’re not a snake charmer, but if you can identify the snake species on your property, you’ll know just how dangerous it might be, and just how quickly you’ll have to call in the assistance humane wildlife prevention.
The Venomous Snakes of Houston
Did you know that there are over a hundred species of snake in Texas alone? That’s a lot of different patterns and colors to memorize. Thankfully, we’re only going to focus on the four different venomous snakes found throughout the United States because whether you believe it or not, all four of them just happen to be found in the Greater Houston area.
The first venomous species to be aware of is the Texas coral snake – the most dangerous venomous snake you can stumble across. These colorful snakes are related to cobras and are extremely venomous. They’re also a very small snake (normally around 2 feet in length) and tend to remain in wooded areas, living underneath logs and in dead trees. Their red, yellow and brown bands make them one of the easiest snakes to identify, though thankfully you’re extremely unlikely to come across them in the first place. They keep to themselves and will only attack if provoked.
Another famous snake in the Greater Houston area is the rattlesnake. Again, there’s a huge population in the state of Texas but finding one in your home is not common at all. You guessed it – rattlesnakes make a very distinct rattling sound. The sound itself is a warning, so if you can hear it, you’ll need to treat the situation with caution. Rattlesnakes are camouflaged brown and green in color, and since they’re part of the pit viper family, have a triangular-shaped head.
Less dangerous but certainly more common are western cottonmouths. These water-based snakes are a very dark black with small white marks along their bodies. Their bites are less venomous and they’re the most timid of all venomous snakes in the Houston area – if you have a problem with one, then you’re probably the one at fault.
Finally, if you find a tan-colored snake with white markings, you’re probably dealing with a suitably-named copperhead. Again, they have a big population but you’re more likely to discover them in the countryside than in the city. Their bite, though painful, has a very low venom count.
How Can You Keep Snakes Away From Your Property?
Seal any gaps and cracks in your property as soon as you find them. These are obvious and easy entry points for snakes. Mow your lawn regularly (snakes like long grass) and be careful about what’s in your garden. Avoid habits which can potentially attract these snakes to your property. Do not overwater your lawn as this can attract frogs and toads. And do not let bird seed pile up on your grass as this can attract rodents. These animals are all prey for snakes and can bring them into your yard looking for a meal. If you leave piles of wood in your backyard, you’re creating a perfect home for most species of snake. Be sure to keep it tidy so that snakes will not see an opportunity to build a nest.
You only have to make one careless mistake and snakes will appear quite literally on your doorstep. Contact our snake removal experts at Skedaddle: we’ll your snake problem safely and effectively. Our experienced humane wildlife prevention team members are also happy to inspect your property and make sure you’re not making it easy for snakes to get into your home.